Bar Standards Board chair, vice-chair step down

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will have its first leadership change since its inception in 2005 after the chair and vice-chair decided not to stand again.

Ruth Evans, deputy chair of the OFCOM consumer panel, and George Leggatt QC of Brick Court chambers, chair and vice-chair of the BSB respectively, will step down when their three-year leadership terms end on 31 December 2008.

The search for their successors is underway, with the BSB readying advertisements for the weekend press to publicize the vacancies.

Bar Council chair Tim Dutton QC, said: “The BSB has made real progress under Ruth and George and has served the public interest in what has been a crucial set-up and bedding-in period.”

The Bar Council set up the BSB to regulate the bar in 2005 following a report on legal services by Sir David Clementi.